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China proves dominance throughout FINA Diving World Series

He Zi at the 2012 Olympics
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China proves dominance throughout FINA Diving World Series

Divers from China captured every medal but one at the FINA Diving World Series.

Divers from China captured every medal but one at the FINA Diving World Series, which concluded Sunday. The competition is a four-stop, invitation-only circuit for the top finishers from the 2015 World Championships.

2012 Olympic gold medalist Cao Yuan, a 3m springboard specialist, landed on the podium every time he competed. He won individual springboard gold at each of the four stops. Cao and four-time Olympic medalist Qin Kai, his synchronized springboard partner, also won gold at three of the four stops. The pair did not compete at the fourth stop in Kazan, Russia.

"There were some mistakes and details in my performance. I know I can do better," Cao said in an interview with FINA, diving's governing body. "I'm satisfied with the result in Kazan and with the overall win. Every stage I did my best to get gold. I'm very happy."

On the 10m platform, Chen Aisen earned medals at each of the four World Series stops in both individual and synchronized disciplines. Chen won eight medals, capturing gold in every event except the individual 10m in Dubai. Countryman Yang Hao finished ahead of him for gold at that stop, leaving Cao to collect silver. Countryman Yang Hao finished ahead of him for gold in Dubai.

China's female divers captured a perfect 16 gold medals across the four stops, primarily led by 3m specialist He Zi, 2012 Olympic gold medalist. He won six golds and one silver medal. When He won the silver medal, she was beaten out by China's Shi Tingmao.

"I had a very good competition," He said in another interview with FINA. "Shi Tingmao and I are always cheering each other up, we go through these competitions together. Every time she wins I learn something from her and hopefully this time I can teach her something as well."

10m specialist Si Yajie of China also had an impressive showing throughout the World Series. Si took home a total of five medals: three gold, one silver and one bronze. At the Dubai stop, where Si took home a silver, she was beaten for gold by countrywoman Liu Huixia, often her synchronized diving partner.

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